Christ the King Catholic Church Invites Community for Family Fun and Fellowship at Annual May Festival
Continuing a long-standing tradition, Christ the King Catholic Church will hold its annual May Festival Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, and invited the entire community to come out for two days of family fun and fellowship. Said Festival Chair Bob Needham, “the main purpose of the festival is to meet and know your neighbor and community and to become community.”
We want people to share fun, food and an old-fashioned good time.” Added festival organizer Cheryl Blackwell, “the festival fund-raiser carries on a long-standing Christ the King tradition of bringing the community together in fellowship to learn about and enjoy each other’s cultures.” The May Festival began in the 1950s as a Mardi Gras celebration organized by parishioners each February, which featured a parade down Imperial Avenue from 25th Street to Christ the King Catholic Church on 32nd Street, complete with floats, clowns, marching bands, cars, drill teams and a king and queen. In the 1970s, after being rained out several times, the festival was moved to May to avoid winter storms and renamed May Festival.
Saturday’s entertainment for this year’s festival includes music by José Ramírez (10:00-11:00 AM), reggae music by Steel the Band (11:30 AM-12:30 PM), DJ’d reggaeton music (12:30-1:00 PM), Mexican dance with Ballet Folklórico Cristo Rey (1:00-2:00 PM), Gospel hip hop with the Christ the King Kids (2:00-2:30 PM), Christ the King American Stars Vocal Competition Preliminary (2:30-3:30 PM), Electric and Cha Cha Slide dancing (3:30-4:00 PM), Spanish music by Christ the King’s 1:00 PM Mass Choir (4:00-5:00 PM), Oldies Music (5:00-5:30 PM), the Christ the King 1:00 PM Mass Choir (5:30-6:00 PM) and the Oro y Plata Cumbia Band (6:30-9:00 PM).
Sunday’s entertainment will be Gospel hip hop by the Christ the King Kids (10:30-11:00 AM), Spanish rock with the 360 Degrees Youth Band (11:30 AM-12:00 Noon), Mexican dance with Ballet Folk-lórico Cristo Rey (12:30-1:00 PM), DJ’d hip hop, old school and oldies, fun music to get you out of your seat (1:30-2:30 PM), Christ the King American Stars Vocal Competition Finals (3:30-4:00 PM) and norteño music by Ambiente -orteño (4:00-5:00 PM).
A new addition to the 2007 May Festival is the Christ the King American Stars Vocal Competition, with preliminaries on Saturday from 2:30-3:30 PM and finals on Sunday from 3:30-4:00 PM. Registration may be made by contacting American Stars coordinator Robin Dillard at 619-723-9219 or in-person, by coming to the church at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 19. All contestants must be at the church by 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 19 in order to compete. Singers must use taped accompaniment or sing acapella, and songs must not contain profanity, vulgarity or be otherwise offensive. The focus of the Christ the King American Stars Vocal Competition is song, so rappers will not be included in that portion of the May Festival.
Christ the King Catholic Church is located at 29-32nd Street (at Imperial Avenue), next to the 32nd and Commercial Trolley Station, in San Diego.
Out of the Shadows: an artistic look at immigration reform and the war in Iraq by photographers Antonio Aispuro and Ricardo Vela, painter Brad Erickson and artist Camilo Ontiveros. This exhibit runs at Ricardo Vela Gallery (2923 Upas St) until May 31. For hours and info, call Ricardo Vela at 619-757-6516.
Border Angels Prayer Vigil at Border State Park to remember the one year anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Garcia Barrios (San Ysidro Border Crossing), 10 year anniversary of assassination of Esiquiel Hernandez (Redford, Texas) and the four year anniversary of the mass murder of 5 year old Marco Antonio Villasenor and eighteen others (Victoria, Texas). For more info, call 619-269-7865.
Documentary Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom and Pop is a film that uncovers a growing discontent with corporate America’s movement toward local communities. Filmmamakers speak to economists, activists, political leaders, unions, entrepreneurs and concerned citizens. Screens Saturday, May 19, at the Ocean Beach Community Women’s Club (2160 Bacon St) at 4 p.m. Free.
Writers from Tijuana’s La Linea Collective, an interdisciplinary artists group, will be featured on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Poem Lines on Phone Lines through March 2007. Featuring Abril Castro, Jennifer Donovan, Jen Hofer, Kara Lynch, Lorena Mancilla and Margarita Valencia Triana. Let this experimental literature be invited into your home and be part of an extended museum experience by calling 858-454-9541, ext 9.
Club StuwII every Saturday at the Hot Monkey Love Café (6875 El Cajon Blvd), where teens come to have club-style fun with live DJ’s and dancing. Cover discount before 9 p.m. For more info, call Alma at 619-469-4113.
Victor Villaseñor, author of the nationally acclaimed bestseller Rain of Gold, will give a talk and sign his books at Carlsbad City Library (1775 Dove Ln) on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. The talk will take place in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Free for the public. For more information, call 760-602-2012.